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On 6/20/2014, President Obama initiated a nationwide "Pollinator Health Task Force" that is dedicated to combating the severe losses sustained by honey bees and other major pollinators. In a Presidential Memorandum released by the Office of the Press Secretary, the President calls on the EPA to reassess the use of dangerous pesticides with a focus on their affect on pollinators. Tell the EPA to take this presidential mandate seriously and ban the use of deadly pesticides!
Goal: 50,000 Progress: 35,108
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

It's long been known that Earth's honey bee population is decreasing at an alarming rate. The fact is, much of our natural ecosystem depends on the processes involved with bee pollination, and if this pollination cannot happen, many of our crops — from broccoli to strawberries — will be in grave peril.

In fact, honey bee deaths are reaching a critical point, whereby it may not be possible to reverse the damage. The good news is that much of the population decline can be attributed to reversible human actions, including the use of neonicotinoids, insecticides chemically related to nicotine that cause honeybees, bumblebees, and beneficial ladybugs to literally drop dead.

We can afford insects eating our plant life; but we simply cannot afford a decimation of the honey bee. Write to the EPA asking that these immensely harmful pesticides are outlawed.

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Dear Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe:

If we don't act now to save Earth's honey bee population, we could reach a critical point of no return. You see, the planet's honey bees have been in steady decline for several years now — climate change, parasites, habitat loss are all contributors. Some of these issues are going to be difficult to tackle, but there's one catalyst that humans can act on right now.

Bees are dying in large numbers as a result of the use of certain neonicotinoids to treat our crops over the past decade. Previously thought to be non-toxic to these precious pollinators, more recent peer-reviewed studies have linked the proliferation of neonicotinoids to a decrease in queen production and an increase in "disappeared" bees, the ones that never return to the hive from their foraging trips.

While insect pests are detrimental to our crops, the loss of our honey bees would be catastrophic. We can handle some less-than-ideal produce. But we can't handle a total decimation of our food supply as a result of lack of bee pollination.

You have the power to save our nation's food supply. Don't let this opportunity slip away: outlaw the use of the neonicotinoids killing our honey bees.

Petition Signatures

Jul 13, 2014 Sandy Wilson
Jul 13, 2014 Barbara Couch
Jul 13, 2014 Eileen McCabe
Jul 13, 2014 Kimberly Diehl-Spahn
Jul 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2014 Charm Brazil
Jul 13, 2014 Donna C We need bees!!!
Jul 13, 2014 Karl Arne Björnänger
Jul 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2014 Vreni Andermatt
Jul 13, 2014 Nicole Philbrook
Jul 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 PAM Parsons Our lives depend on bees ! Stop using these pesticides
Jul 12, 2014 Jessie Tania Shrestha Save honey bees its important....
Jul 12, 2014 Nicolle Edward
Jul 12, 2014 barb owen
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 Ellen Dryburgh
Jul 12, 2014 sonya motyka
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 Sandy Woosley We can afford insects eating our plant life but we can't afford a decimation of the honey bee-Outlaw harmful pesticides!!
Jul 12, 2014 M Diane Gibson
Jul 12, 2014 Rick McDonough
Jul 12, 2014 Beth Covarrubias
Jul 12, 2014 Emily Clarke
Jul 12, 2014 Napas Vongkusolkit
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 Diana Engle
Jul 12, 2014 lynn martin
Jul 11, 2014 Brigitte Pabel
Jul 11, 2014 Paula Grieb Bees are essential for crops. Pesticides are not.
Jul 11, 2014 jessica ladd Without honey bees, we die. .. let's do everything we can to save them!
Jul 11, 2014 Ronnie whiddon Save the bees
Jul 11, 2014 Rhonda Graves If bees don't live, neither do we!
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Gabriel Guimarães
Jul 11, 2014 jackie lake these big companies think we can all live on plastic food if we loose the bees we will all die
Jul 11, 2014 Roxanne Pranger
Jul 11, 2014 Dave Brady
Jul 11, 2014 Sonya Carlson
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Sharon Morehouse
Jul 11, 2014 Nan Lorenz We need them far more than they need us.
Jul 11, 2014 Lane Herman
Jul 11, 2014 Anne MacFie
Jul 11, 2014 Annita Oxford
Jul 11, 2014 Kay Edwards
Jul 11, 2014 Barbara Greenlief Think of the legacy you are leaving your children and grandchildren.

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